Reading Comprehension – Vocabulary used in speech or writing organizes itself

December 11th, 2020 by

Reading Comprehension – Vocabulary used in speech or writing organizes itself Slot - 1 - RC Vocabulary used in speech or writing organizes itself in seven parts of speech (eight, if you count interjections such as Oh! and Gosh! and Fuhgeddaboudit!). Communication composed of these parts of speech must be organized by rules of grammar upon which we agree. When these rules break down, confusion and misunderstanding result. Bad grammar produces bad sentences. My favorite example from Strunk and White is this one: “As a mother of five, with a

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What ‘Exasperating farrago of distortions’ and Shashi Tharoor can teach you about Vocabulary Preparation for CAT

May 12th, 2017 by

A couple of days ago, 'The Republic' was unleashed on India and my opinion about Arnab as a journalist is quite similar to my opinion about Chetan Bhagat as a writer. But then, who am I to question or even criticize the role-model of the masses. During the last week, a role-model of the classes came under fire - Mr. Dr. Shashi Tharoor. There are allegations of wrongdoing about his involvement in the death of his wife, Sunanda Pushkar. Somehow, the very serious allegations were ignored and what caught the attention of social media in general, twitterati in specific, was Shashi's reactionary

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How to develop a reading habit to boost your CAT score?

February 7th, 2021 by

Reading a book is like falling in love: It must happen naturally; you cannot force it, and if you do, the relationship develops cracks in no time, and before long, there is a break-up. If you wish to later start afresh, the past memories, opinions, prejudices begin interfere with the present, and the effort to reconcile meets a tragic end. But…just like true love, reading must ‘happen’ to us at some point in our lives. And there could be no better time than when we prepare for the CAT. Compatibility is a major factor is our relationship with the books we read. I personally do n

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The Five-step Process of Writing a WAT Essay

January 22nd, 2021 by

If we all had the right guidance, the requisite reference material at hand, and unlimited time to write and revise the essays that we write, quite a few of us would eventually be able to produce satisfactory essays. The same task becomes infinitely more difficult when it is presented in the form of the WAT, which must be accomplished in approximately 15 minutes, and which must be produced entirely from references in one’s memory. When we are ultimately faced with the final WAT assignment and a blank paper, several factors begin to weigh heavy on our minds. There is the complexity of the t

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Why Building a Reading Habit is an important part of CAT 2021 Preparation?

January 17th, 2021 by

I hope that anyone reading this article would know that the CAT exam is broadly divided into 3 areas: Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Quantitative Aptitude I guess that some of you would not know how important Reading Comprehension is in the entire scheme of things. What I know for a fact, is that a large number of CAT aspirants neglect ‘Reading Comprehension’ in the early stages of their preparation and more often than not – never actually end up performing up to their peak potential. It is a problem that is quite co

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Verbal Ability – Odd One Out – The victim’s trauma after assault rarely gets the attention

December 14th, 2020 by

Verbal Ability - Odd One Out - The victim’s trauma after assault rarely gets the attention Slot - 2 - VA Q. Five jumbled up sentences, related to a topic, are given below. Four of them can be put together to form a coherent paragraph. Identify the odd one out and key in the number of the sentence as your answer: The victim’s trauma after assault rarely gets the attention that we lavish on the moment of damage that divided the survivor from a less encumbered past. One thing we often do with narratives of sexual assault is s

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XAT – Principles for Solving Fill in the Blank Questions

December 13th, 2020 by

The XAT Verbal and Logical Ability section can appear difficult for most test-takers. The reading comprehension passages are often dense and taken from arcane subjects while the critical reasoning questions are always challenging. However, there is a small silver lining to this section. IMPORTANCE OF VOCABULARY It cannot be stressed enough that a b-school candidate must have a good knowledge of the meanings of difficult words as well as the ability to make sentences out of them. This will serve a test taker well not only in the XAT but in b-school and beyond. A mastery over vocabulary wil

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Official CAT 2020 Paper – Questions, Answers, and Detailed Solutions

December 13th, 2020 by

Official CAT 2020 Paper – Questions, Answers, and Detailed Solutions CAT 2020 Questions and Answers – Morning Slot Verbal Ability - Reading Comprehension – Morning Slot – CAT 2020 Q.1-4 In the late 1960s, while studying the northern-elephant-seal population along the coasts of Mexico and California, Burney Le Boeuf and his colleagues couldn’t help but notice that the threat calls of males at some sites sounded different from those of males at other sites. . . Q.4-8 Few realise that the government of China, governing an

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Reading Comprehension Tips For CAT – Different Types of RC Passages

October 31st, 2020 by

Different Categories of RC passages Considering RCs hold more than 50% weight in CAT verbal ability section, you can hardly afford to ignore this area. It is definitely not easy to maintain focus on a passage unless you have a keen interest in the given topic. So how do you improve your attention span? I think the best way to enhance your focus is to start with reading about things that captivate your interest. What can be a better way to develop a good reading habit! But then CAT does not feature one or two types of RC passages. Generally, RC passages are extracted from the following are

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Reading Comprehension Tips – Writing Styles of Passages in CAT Exam

October 29th, 2020 by

RC Writing Styles As the name states, writing styles is the way a writer chooses to express himself/herself through a piece of writing. But what exactly would be a writing styles for RC? Well, just like each one of us has a unique dressing style, so does CAT RCs differ in the way they are written. And just like you dress differently for different occasions and places, so does a passage is written according to its purpose, audience and context. But the question is why it is important to identify the writing style of a passage? Well, the author intends to convey some ideas and opinions throu

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